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Types of programs

See the chart below for information on low-cost screening programs, who qualifies, and how to apply.

Program Name Age Level of Poverty Other Eligibility Criteria Type of Health Provider How to Apply
Breast and Cervical Cancer Control Program (BCCCP) 40-64 250% or less None Visit the Where To Go page of this website to find out if there is a BCCCP provider in your county. Call a local BCCCP provider or this program’s main office at 919-707-5300.
18-39 250% or less Must have cervical cancer symptoms or an abnormal Pap test
Be Smart Family Planning Waiver 19-55 185% or less Are not sterilized (tubes tied) AND must want birth control Contact any health care provider who accepts Medicaid. Some Medicaid providers are included in the Where To Go county-listing of this website. Call your local department of social services or visit www.ncdhhs.gov/dss/local.
Medicaid for Pregnant Women any 185% or less Must be pregnant

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Additional program details

  • Breast and Cervical Cancer Control Program (BCCCP)

    BCCCP services are available to women with a household income at or below 250% of the federal poverty level. BCCCP provides free Pap tests, mammograms, and treatment for eligible women. BCCCP services fall into two main categories:

    • Preventative Pap tests for women 40-64
    • Pap tests for women ages 18-39 who have cervical cancer symptoms or an abnormal Pap test

    BCCCP is usually offered at local health departments or community health centers. This program is not offered in all counties. To find out whether there is a BCCCP provider in your county, visit the Where To Go page of this website. For more information on the NC Breast and Cervical Cancer Control Program (BCCCP), call BCCCP at (919) 707-5300, or visit the North Carolina BCCCP website. Note: If you are diagnosed with cervical cancer while enrolled in BCCCP, you may qualify for free cancer treatment. However, you cannot join this program once you have been diagnosed with cervical cancer. Call BCCCP to see whether you qualify for this program if you have had an abnormal test or think you might have cervical cancer.

  • Be Smart Family Planning Waiver

    Be Smart Family Planning services are available to women with a household income at or below 185% of the federal poverty level. The Be Smart Family Planning Waiver provides free Pap tests, birth control, and STD testing for women wanting birth control. Women who are sterilized (tubes tied) are not eligible. You may apply for this program at your local department of social services (DSS). If you qualify, you can see any health care provider who accepts Medicaid. Not all of these providers are included in this Resource Directory, but you can visit the Where To Go page to see those who are.

  • Medicaid for Pregnant Women

    Medicaid for Pregnant Women services are available to women with a household income at or below 185% of the federal poverty level. This program pays for pregnancy-related health care, including a Pap test. It also provides a year of full Medicaid coverage to your newborn baby. When determining your family size, a pregnant woman counts as two people. You can apply for this program at your local department of social services (DSS). If you qualify, you can see any health care provider who accepts Medicaid. Not all of these providers are included in this Resource Directory, but you can visit the Where To Go page to see those who are.

For more information on the Be Smart Family Planning Waiver or Medicaid for Pregnant Women, call your local department of social services (DSS) or visit the NC Department of Health and Human Services Division of Medical Assistance website.

You must be a U.S. citizen or legal permanent resident to apply for these programs. If you are not, visit the Where To Go page of this website to learn more about clinics in your county that may be able to help you access services.

Note: If you have an abnormal Pap test while enrolled in these Medicaid programs, call BCCCP at (919) 707-5300 or your local health department to see if you can be enrolled in the BCCCP program before going back to your health care provider to determine if you have cervical cancer. The Be Smart Family Planning Waiver and Medicaid for Pregnant Women do not cover cancer treatment.

Even if you don’t qualify for one of these programs, you may still have options for getting a free or low-cost Pap test in your county.

Visit the Where To Go page for more information.

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Cervical cancer can be prevented through screening and HPV vaccination. This site aims to help connect women and girls who are uninsured or underinsured to free or low-cost screening and vaccination services available in North Carolina.
El cáncer cervical puede prevenirse con la vacuna contra el Virus del Papiloma Humano (VPH) y a través de la detección temprana con la prueba de Papanicolaou. Esta página de internet tiene el fin de ayudar a conectar a mujeres y niñas que no tienen seguro médico (o con un seguro que es insuficiente), con servicios de vacunación y pruebas de Papanicolaou gratuitos o de bajo costo disponibles en Carolina del Norte.
Free and low-cost cervical cancer screening (the Pap test) is available in North Carolina for women who qualify.
En Carolina del Norte hay pruebas de detección temprana del cáncer cervical (prueba de Papanicolaou) gratuitas, o de bajo costo, para las mujeres que cumplan con ciertos requisitos.
HPV vaccine is available for little or no cost in North Carolina for adolescents who qualify.
En Carolina del Norte la vacuna del VPH está disponible a bajo o ningún costo para los niños y las niñas que cumplan con ciertos requisitos.